Opinion Gene Kerrigan

Sunday 24 May 2015

Gene Kerrigan: Latest ingenious way to save money 

One of the first stories I covered, over 30 years ago, was about an angry disabled man from Ballymun. Not only was the disability allowance a pittance, but each year he had to be inspected to ensure the disability hadn't gone away. This applied even to people who -- like this man -- had limbs amputated. To guard against fraud, to enforce austerity measures, the State solemnly confirmed that the legs of the permanently disabled hadn't grown back.